Transitions, evolution & history

Innovations do not arise out of a vacuum but are very much part of longer historical developments, in science, policy and society at large. As such, contemporary developments in science and technology cannot be understood without knowledge of the ways in which they build on previous work and configurations. Historical approaches explore continuities and discontinuities in the development of science and technology, drawing attention to trajectories, transitions and alternatives. Moreover, exploring how specific advances in science and technology unfold over time, including their interaction with research and science policy, can shed light on different approaches for fostering innovation and understanding their value

Projects

Engineering and Development

19 March 2020

Innogen researchers, Peter Robbins and David Wield have edited a Special Issue of the Journal of International Development entitled ‘The global and the local in engineering and international development’

Professor Smita Srinivas receives the 2021 Ayres Award

9 July 2020

Professor Smita Srinivas has been honoured by the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE) for her outstanding work in the area of institutional economics.

Innogen retreat 2019

10 October 2019

This year's annual meeting took place 3-4 October in Edinburgh and it brought together researchers from the Open University and the University of Edinburgh as well as colleagues from the Open University Scotland. 

Innogen Research on Covid-19

27 March 2020

Recent publications by Innogen members draw attention to lessons learnt from previous outbreaks of infectious disease, and to the importance of ‘local health’ and the law in global health emergencies.

Creative states: Is state-led risk-taking the answer to post-Covid-19 recovery?

28 April 2021

Writing in the RSA Journal, Innogen Director, Theo Papaioannou, examines how the entrepreneurial state could work in practice.